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It's obviously a capitol crime these days to have dementia or Alzheimer's - such a crime that a judge can order execution based on little more than his own opinion and family members claiming the patient has a "death wish." The woman had no advance directive and those caring for her resisted the decision to no avail. In the Netherlands killing helpless people is becoming the "default" mode according to Theo Boer, a Dutch academic.
Well, the pro-life community said euthanasia would follow legalizing the murder of unborn babies. When you can kill a healthy little infant in the womb who has unlimited potential why not kill a "useless" old 80-year-old lady with no potential at all? Who needs a legal document saying she wanted that? The family wants to be rid of the trouble (and expense) of her care. So it's time to off Granny before all her money is spent and there's nothing left to divvy up among the kids.
Of course, what the kids apparently aren't considering is that there will be hell to pay! There is nothing Granny has that make her killing pay off in the long run!
This feels very personal to me today. Several times a month I visit and take Communion to several dementia patients at a local nursing home. Sometimes they remember me and sometimes they don't, but they are always dear. If I bring my grandchildren they are full of smiles and compliments and want to hug and touch them. How sad to think that some consider these people to have lives not worth living.
Where have we heard that expression before? And where did that philosophy lead the country that propounded it? You can get that answer in a thought-provoking book by Frederic Wertham, M.D. called A Sign for Cain. He describes the mass killing of mental patients under the German euthanasia program sometimes called T4. The first gas chambers were erected, not at the concentration camps, but in the sterile environment of psychiatric hospitals.
Here's what Wertham says about the program:
The greatest mistake we can make is to assume or believer that there was a morally , medically, or socially legitimate program and that all that was wrong was merely the excesses. There were no excesses. Rarely has a civil social action been planned, organized, and carried through with such precision.And these murders are being carried through with the same precision today. We know where it will end because we've been there before. Pray for those who kill the innocent. It is a crime that cries out to God for vengeance!